As of recently, I’ve gotten into Young Adult fiction a lot more. They’re always light enough that it’s easy to lose myself in the story, and some of them have really engaging plots and intriguing characters.
I’ve made it a goal to read a little more Y.A from here on out, and not take my reading so seriously; if it’s a good book and I enjoy it, why should it matter? Without further ado, I present to you a list of the top 10 Y.A novels of varying genres I am most eager to read (in no particular order);
#1: THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu
Goodreads rating: 3.92/5.0
My aunt (one of my closest friends!) is my number one go-to person when looking for Y.A recommendations and opinions. She read this book right around the time it was first released, and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since! It sounds edgy and adventurous, and the description kinda gives me dystopian superhero vibes. I’b also obsessed with that gorgeous cover; it’s so striking and my eye is always drawn directly to it every time I see at at the bookstore.
#2: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
Goodreads rating: 4.09/5.0
This book combines magic, secret societies, and inter-dimensional travel. What more could you possibly want? I’m always down for a good fantasy novel with a twist, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book!
#3: THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco
Goodreads rating: 3.65/5.0
Everybody loves witches; especially my spoopy ass. This is another fantasy novel, but it seems dark an edgy. A young witch discovers she has a powerful gift for necromancy when she accidentally raises her brother from the dead.
I love when darker themes are catered to a young(er) audience, and I love books with witches, so I’m really hoping I’ll enjoy this one.
#4: NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
Goodreads rating: 4.29/5.0
This is one of those books that seem to be insanely popular (just look at that rating!) but one that I had somehow never heard of until very recently. It’s about a girl who runs away from a political downfall after her father is executed, and ends up joining a collective of secret, deadly assassins. Hopefully it will not disappoint!
#5: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvatar
Goodreads rating: 4.06/5.0
Woo hoo, more witches! I think… I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile, but when I finally checked it out on Goodreads I became super intrigued. It’s filled with mysticism, psychics, mystery, and supernatural elements. This book seems to be a big favorite amongst Y.A fans, but also seems like there are a lot of cliches or predictable elements, which is my absolutely LEAST favorite thing, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one goes.
#6: THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Earnshaw
Goodreads rating: 3.86/5.0
Okay, I know for a fact this one is about witches! Honestly I’ve been obsessed with this cover from the moment I saw it at the bookstore. And unlike most of the books on this list, I’ve already taken that important first step and have actually bought this book, so now I just have to read it.
It’s about a small town where 3 witches from the past return from the dead to lure young men to their deaths. An edgier Hocus Pocus perhaps??
#7: THE MERCILESS BY DANIELLE VEGA
Goodreads rating: 3.61/5.0
There seems to be a lot of controversy and opposing opinions surrounding this book; everyone either loves it or hates it. It’s been described as ‘Mean Girls’ but with a satanic twist, which is what initially piqued my interest, but other people insist it’s nothing but gratuitous shock value with empty characters. Yikes. Either way, I foresee myself having some very strong opinions when I’m done with this story.
#8: DREAMLAND by Robert L. Anderson
Goodreads rating: 3.58/5.0
I had full intentions of reading this book as soon as it was released in 2015, but somehow I never got around to doing so. It seems like this book kinda slipped into obscurity on the Y.A list, because I hardly ever hear people talking about it. It’s about a girl who is a Dream Walker; someone who’s special talent is about as obvious as it sounds. As someone who struggled with chronic and reoccurring nightmares as a teenager, I’m very eager to read this book!
#9: THE LEGEND TRILOGY by Marie Lu
Goodreads rating: 4.18/5.0
A lot of the other books on this list are part of a series, but the reason I included the entire ‘Legend’ trilogy is because I’ve actually already read Legend. I got about a quarter of the way through the second book, ‘Prodigy’ before falling into a reading slump caused by an oncoming depressive episode, so I never finished it. I REALLY enjoyed the plot of the series, and really loved the first book, so I’m making it a point to go back and re-read/finish the series quite soon!
#10: SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning
Goodreads rating: 3.77/5.0
This book is very fresh on the Y.A scene, having been released in July of 2018! But I’m super excited to read it because of two reasons; A) it’s a fairy tale re-telling, which is one of my favorite story aspects, and B) it’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid which you hardly ever see! Plus, although they’re not super popular, mermaid books are a big sub-genre of the Y.A fantasy scene, and I have never read one, so I’m broadening my horizons, I guess!
So that’s it for this Y.A TBR list, what did you think? Have you read any of these books? Which ones would you recommend, or recommend to avoid?
I hope you all have a great rest of your week!